Another Poll Puts Trudeau on Top
A new Forum Poll has a Justin Trudeau led Liberal party winning a majority of seats in the House of Commons. Still, with Trudeau haters abound, the political punditry still seems to have its heart set on Marc Garneau. After all, I suppose the Liberals don’t look like themselves without a graying, male, establishment candidate. Marc Garneau is obviously very qualified, but then again, so are Deborah Coyne, Joyce Murray and Martha Hall Findlay. The issue with Mr. Garneau is not that he would be a sub-par Liberal leader, or even Prime Minister; the caveat with Mr. Garneau (as is the failing with all of the current Liberal leadership candidates) is that he would fall short in bringing in votes from people who do not currently consider themselves Liberal.
First off, having Garneau at the helm of the Liberal ship does not exactly lend credence to the notion that the Liberals have acknowledged the people’s rejection of them in 2011. The Liberals have had intelligent, old white men running the party before. Visibly, the last two leaders, Stéphane Dion and Michael Ignatieff, did not have the voter appeal that was needed. Sure, they were both inspiring academics that were very well published in their respective fields. Too bad the Liberals weren’t trying to fast track a professor to tenure at a research-based university. They’re trying to run a country. Replacing one professorial man with another isn’t really going to shake things up.
Cue Justin Trudeau. Young and dynamic, he represents the change that Canadians in general, and my generation in particular, are aching for. His hecklers can criticize him all they want, it does not take away from the fact that more Canadians are willing to vote Liberal with him leading than anybody else.
Nobody is asking for the Liberal leadership to be handed to Mr. Trudeau simply because he is who he is. The best person for the job should win, accounting for the various factors that will make the Liberals contenders to govern the country. Whether that person is a former constitutional lawyer who helped take down the Meech Lake Accord, or a former astronaut and long serving MP, the only thing that matters is attracting more Canadians to the Liberal brand.
Once upon a time, another famous Justin asserted he was bringing sexy back. Perhaps this Justin can finally bring Liberal back, because Lord knows somebody has to.